How to Reach
Madurai is one among the most culturally prominent districts in Tamil Nadu and a highly sought-after pilgrimage destination for people belonging to the Hindu community. Madurai is easily accessible from most of the major cities in India via road, rail and air. Some of the cities in proximity to Madurai and their distance from the district are given below.
- Chennai – 461 kms
- Bangalore – 432 kms
- Trivandrum – 300 kms
- Coimbatore – 227 kms
- Thanjavur – 158 kms
- Trichy – 142 kms
The Madurai Airport is only about 18 kms from Sangam Hotel in Madurai and is also well-connected to some of the most major cities in India, handling over half a million passengers a year. Madurai Airport also operates international flights including Colombo, Srilanka. Carriers like Air India, Jet Airways and Spice Jet operate flights from the Airport.
Madurai is one of the most important stops in the South Indian Railway network which is also connected to many of the important South Indian cities such as Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum etc. The Madurai railway station is just 4 kms from Sangam Hotel.
Madurai also has frequent bus services which is interlinked to various cities like Chennai, Bangalore, Trivandrum, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Trichy, Thanjavur etc. The main bus stand at Madurai is only around 3 kms from Sangam Hotel.
Madurai, the administrative headquarters of the district of Madurai, is the third largest city and the second largest municipal corporation of Tamil Nadu. Recognized as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities of the world, Madurai has been a chief settlement for over 2000 years.
Among the Tamil folks, Madurai is popularly considered to be a ‘city of festivals’. Besides its temples, Madurai is also well known for its historically significant tourist destinations that manage to attract a huge amount of global and local visitors every year. One of the most famous temple, probably even in the world, is the Meenakshi Amman Temple that was based on the Dravidian style of architecture built in phases by the Pandyans and the Madurai Nayaks. Madurai is considered to be a major pilgrimage destination in India.
Madurai is the entry point into the southern Indian state of Kerala in most Tourist itineraries. It is only within 150 kms to Thekkady, Kumili and Munnar which are famous Hillstations in Kerala. Munnar is on the list of Top 10 Indian destinations on Google’s Zeitgeist site, showing search trends from around the world. As such, Madurai regularly features on the last leg of tourist journeys in Tamil Nadu, before continuing onto Kerala. Kerala is also a famous tourist destination, known for lush greenery, beaches and backwaters. For tourists and travellers planning a South Indian itinerary, Madurai is a great stopover for its historical and cultural locations, and its easy accessibility to nearby tourist destinations.